Thursday, January 18, 2018

Today's Tangles

I'm busy working on another free bracelet pattern and hope to have it ready to blog about soon. I know you will like it because it's one that has been requested more than any other bracelet design by Teejay that I've blogged about. Since it takes up nearly all of my time making the diagrams and example bracelets, etc. I haven't had time to make any other beadwork to blog about. This is the best time of the year for me to work on creating patterns because I don't have any beading projects to make for gifts and that sort of thing. Unfortunately, that means there will probably be a lot of days when I won't have any beadwork to blog about.

So, in the meantime, I hope you won't mind too much if I post some of my Zentangle drawings now and then. I do try to squeeze in a little drawing time in the evenings after I've put away my beading stuff.

"Magical 8" is by Smita Toke and her pattern can be found HERE at I had fun with this one and tried a couple of different things with it.

Ina Sonnenmoser's "AAC" is also posted at HERE.

"Stonia" is a pretty little tangle by Miriam Gresnigt. Once again, you'll find it HERE at

Here is one that is NOT from It's called "Box Spirals" and it's from Margaret Bremner CZT. You'll find her step-out HERE on her Enthusiastic Artist blog. I used three different pen colors to draw this one. I used black, brown and sepia Micron pens.


Monday, January 15, 2018

Bracelet of the Day: Simple IrisDuo Chain - Aqua & Bronze

  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • IrisDuo beads "Metallic Aqua"
  • 2mm Czech pearls "Antique Ivory"

I love this colorway. When I was nearly finished making this bracelet, I got the idea to try adding some 2mm pearls between the motifs. I think they add a pretty touch. The pattern doesn't mention the pearls but they were easy to add. I just wove my way down the length of the finished bracelet on both sides and added the pearls as you can see in the photos.

IrisDuo beads are available HERE at Queen City Bead. Download my free "Simple IrisDuo Chain" bracelet pattern from THIS post.


Sunday, January 14, 2018

Bracelet of the Day: Simple IrisDuo Chain - Green & Copper

  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Metallic Dusty Cedar" (YPS0014)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Metallic Dusty Cedar" (YPS0014)
  • IrisDuo beads "White Teal Luster"

Today's bracelet was made with Toho seed beads in a fairly new color. It's a lovely shade of copper and they come in 11/0, 8/0 and 6/0 sizes. Too bad that they don't make them in 15/0 as well. You can buy them at Supply Emporium on Etsy or at Red Panda.

11/0 Toho Metallic Dusty Cedar
HERE at Supply Emporium
HERE at Red Panda

8/0 Toho Metallic Dusty Cedar
HERE at Supply Emporium
HERE at Red Panda

The IrisDuo beads are available HERE at Queen City Bead.

Download my free "Simple IrisDuo Chain" bracelet pattern from THIS post.


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Free Beading Pattern - Simple IrisDuo Chain

  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Light Pewter" (4221)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Light Pewter" (4221)
  • IrisDuo beads "Pastel Petrol"
  • IrisDuo beads "Copper"

  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Galvanized Starlight" (557PF)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Galvanized Starlight" (557PF)
  • IrisDuo beads "Metallic Violet"

To make up for the lack of beading posts in the past month or two, I thought I'd whip up a quick little bracelet pattern. I do hope to have more beadwork to blog about soon and I'm also hoping to post some of the free patterns that I've been promising for what seems like years and years.

IrisDuos are 2-hole beads that measure 8mm x 4mm and are the same length as DiamonDuos and GemDuos. This chain bracelet is made using the same basic method as the chain part of my "SuperDuo Flower Chain" pattern except that the number of seed beads has been adjusted to fit the larger IrisDuo beads instead of SuperDuos. This pattern works best with Miyuki seed beads but I have come up with a work-around for using Toho seed beads. I suggest that you use Fireline if you use Toho beads. They have smaller holes than Miyuki beads so there may be times when it will be difficult to get your needle through the 11/0 beads between the motifs with Nymo D thread. I almost never had to use my pliers to pull my needle through when I was working with Miyuki beads but had to use them nearly every time with Toho beads.

Queen City Bead has a nice selection of IrisDuo colors. Get 10% off your bead order in Donna's Etsy shop by using the coupon code "Bead10". My wrist measurement is 6 inches and I needed 13 IrisDuos for the bracelet with Miyuki seed beads. I only needed 12 IrisDuos to make the one with Toho seed beads.

Click HERE to download the free pattern.

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NOTE: I don't mind if you sell the projects that you make with my patterns, but please mention that you got the pattern from Linda's Crafty Inspirations. Please contact me for information about teaching this or any of our other patterns in a class.


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Tangles for Tuesday

I hope to get back to beading soon but, once I do, it will take a while before I have things to take photos of and blog about. In the meantime, here are some more tangles that I drew recently. All of them except for "Selfeat" are posted at

"Boa-Xin" is by Leaf Yeh and the step-out can be found HERE. There are a couple of video tutorials there too.

Erika Bonham Kehlet's "Clem" pattern is HERE. You probably can't tell but I used glitter gel pens to color the flowers,

"Fluffy", by Kasturi Das is HERE.

Ina Sonnenmoser's "Mehndi Aura Flower" can be found HERE.

"Miss 1969" is by Ellen Wolters and the pattern is posted HERE. There are a couple of video links there as well.

Smita Toke's "RangoliLiner" pattern is HERE. I had fun coloring this one and I added some accent dots with a metallic gold gel pen.

Karin Klang-Meier's "Relly-Telly-One" can be found HERE.

I found "Selfeat", which is by Tomas Padros, HERE on his Instagram page. Click the arrow to the right of his photo to see his step-out. I don't usually have much luck drawing tangles like this but this one was surprisingly easy to make. Now that I know how to draw it, I'm looking forward to making a larger one.


Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas!

I've been making my own greeting cards for many years but had never drawn my own pictures to put on them before. Now that I've been tangling for a few months, this seemed the perfect opportunity to try making a Zentangle Christmas card. It was a challenge though because I didn't want to use traditional Christmas images yet I still wanted the overall effect to be in the holiday spirit.

Here is the picture that I put on the back of my card:

These are the tangles that I used:




Lily Bridge


Saturday, December 23, 2017

Twelve Days of Zentangle - Day 12

For the last day of the Twelve Days of Zentangle, we made Christmas trees by combining three triangle shaped 3Z tiles. I made my own tiles from tan card stock. The instructions in the video have you cut slits in two of the triangles and you are to insert the points into the slits to form the tree shape before gluing the tiles in place. It wasn't necessary to go to that much trouble. I simply glued the three triangles together from the back. This gave me a smoother drawing surface because I didn't have to draw around the slits or the sides of the  tiles where they were inserted into the slits.

I used most of the tangles that Molly used but tweaked or replaced some that I didn't care for. I also used a sepia Micron pen instead of a brown one because I don't have a brown one. As you can see, I went a little crazy with the metallic gold pen. This project was a lot of work but very relaxing and enjoyable.

· Various tangles and fragments

· 3 Renaissance 3Z tiles (triangles)
· Micron PN pen (black ink)
· Micron 01 pen (brown ink)
· Gold Gelly Roll pen
· White charcoal pencil (optional)
· Pencil
· Tortillon
· Glue stick
· X-acto knife (optional)

Visit the Zentangle blog HERE to read about and watch all of the videos in this series.